Carolina In The Mix for Fultz

Markelle Fultz, who has been one of the top performers on the July circuit, discussed his new UNC offer and where the Tar Heels stand in his recruitment.

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Markelle Fultz was not surprised by the UNC scholarship offer. He took note of the Tar Heel staff's increased interest and activity of late.

"They were texting me a lot and recruiting me a lot," Fultz said. "They’ve seen me a play a couple of times. They’ve been keeping in contact, but finally put out an offer.

"Coach Roy called me and just talked to me about how he’s been liking the way I’ve been playing and that I would be a good fit for their school and that he was offering me a scholarship and would be coming out to watch me play and hopefully that North Carolina would be one of my choices."

The 6-4 guard from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic is rising fast in the rankings, and justifiably so.

On Friday at the Under Armour Association Finals, with schools like North Carolina, Xavier, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Louisville and others looking on, Fultz scored 29 points, reeled in eight rebounds and tossed out eight assists.

Fultz has a long set of arms, is a very good athlete and is quick off the dribble. As his game has progressed, he’s increasingly become more versatile. His passing has improved a great deal over the past six months, as has his court vision, which was on full display on Friday. From a scoring standpoint, Fultz is starting to round out his arsenal. Fultz had previously been comfortable attacking the basket and pulling up from mid-range. He still does both of those things quite well, but now he’s becoming more confident in his long-range shooting, both off the catch and on the move. He hit four three-pointers on Friday.

His initial reaction to the UNC offer and thoughts on the Carolina program overall?

"I like North Carolina," Fultz said. "I think it’s a good school. It’s a high major school. I can be a point guard that comes in and produces right off the bat and it’s a good thing - I could go there. They have good rivals and play against other high majors."

You'll notice he referred to himself as a point guard, while most scouts have long since categorized him as a shooting guard.

"I do like to play the one because I think I can do that and it gives me an advantage," Fultz said. "I’m so versatile I can play the one, two or three."

Fultz has already made some headway in his recruitment and aims to do more on that front soon. He's already visited Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Kentucky, and Louisville.

"I still have all my schools in the mix," he said. "After the live period I’m going to go home and sit down with my mom and cut it down to 10 and pick out my visits and go from there."

"I have one official visit for Arizona in August. I don’t know the date. It was supposed ot be in June, but I moved it back."

So the Tar Heels hope to be one of the four remaining official visit slots Fultz has available. Whether they get that visit remains to be seen.

"They might be one of my visits," Fultz said of UNC. "I have to sit down and talk to my mom after the event."

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